Amendment 80 to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Fishery Management Plan (FMP)



Background

Amendment 80 was adopted by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) in June 2006. The final rule implementing Amendment 80 published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2007. This action allocates several Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) non-pollock trawl groundfish species among trawl fishery sectors, and facilitate the formation of harvesting cooperatives in the non-American Fisheries Act (non-AFA) trawl catcher/processor sector.

The Council adopted Amendment 80 to meet the broad goals of: (1) improving retention and utilization of fishery resources by the non-AFA trawl catcher/processor fleet by extending the groundfish retention standard (GRS) to non-AFA trawl catcher/processor vessels of all lengths; (2) allocating fishery resources among BSAI trawl harvesters in consideration of historic and present harvest patterns and future harvest needs; (3) authorizing the allocation of groundfish species to harvesting cooperatives and establishing a limited access privilege program (LAPP) for the non-AFA trawl catcher/processors to reduce potential GRS compliance costs, encourage fishing practices with lower discard rates, and improve the opportunity for increasing the value of harvested species; and (4) limiting the ability of non-AFA trawl catcher/processors to expand their harvesting capacity into other fisheries not managed under a LAPP.

The groundfish species in the BSAI directly affected by Amendment 80 include:

  • Atka mackerel
  • Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch
  • Flathead sole
  • Pacific cod
  • Rock sole
  • Yellowfin sole
In addition, Amendment 80 would modify the management of halibut and crab prohibited species catch (PSC) limits.

EDR Requirement

2013 EDRs are available at the link below in electronic .pdf form (April 1). Letters will be mailed out the last week in March, 2014 informing participants of their EDR requirment as well as information to use the online web form with their login and password. EDRs are due to PSMFC by June 1, 2014.

  • (After April 1)Log into the online web form (preferred method) here
  • Download Economic Data Report(EDR) for Calendar Year 2013
  • You will need Adobe Acrobat to open, complete and save the EDR, the free version of Adobe Reader will allow you to open, fill it out and print it but not save it.
  • Please fax [(503) 595-3450] or email the completed form to am80edr@psmfc.org by June 1, 2013

Requirements for the Amendment 80 Non-AFA Trawl Gear Catcher/Processor Sector for the 2013 Calendar Year

An Economic Data Report (EDR) is required from any person who held an Amendment 80 Quota Share (QS) permit during the previous calendar year. An EDR must be submitted for each Amendment 80 QS permit held by a person. The 2013 Annual EDR submission deadline is June 1.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) has been designated by NMFS to be the Data Collection Agent (DCA) for the Amendment 80 EDR program. PSMFC mails EDR announcements and filing instructions out to Amendment 80 QS permit holders by April 1. You may download an electronic copy of the EDR form in fillable PDF format from this webpage. To request that a printed EDR be mailed to you, please call 1-877-741-8913, or email your request to am80edr@psmfc.org.

Note that the Amendment 80 regulations published at 50 CFR 679.94 direct EDR submitters to mail or fax completed EDR forms to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. The updated submission address and fax number are listed below in the Contact Information section.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
NMFS Economic Data Reports
205 SE Spokane St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97202
Toll Free 877-741-8913
Fax 503-595-3450
am80edr@psmfc.org

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